This past weekend the Cyclones flew north to Vancouver, WA. There they gathered with the rest of the Northwest Conference to race in the conference championships. Being able to row against a large field of DIII competitors was a great learning experience for the Cyclones.
The Varsity 8 battled against the 4 other schools in the first race. They challenged Lewis and Clark in the middle of the race, but didn't hold on, putting them in 4th to finish. The Cyclones responded when the Varsity 4 went out and took 1st place in their race. Hoping to gain redemption against Lewis and Clark, they ended up taking the whole race.
First Place Finishing Varsity 4 Boat
|Coaxswain||Gray Adams, First Year|
|4||Harper Bolz-Weber, Sophomore|
|3||Grace Barton, Sophomore|
|2||Kayd Miller, Senior|
|1||Liv Coletta, Sophomore|
"They made their move on PLU (Pacific Lutheran) in the second half of the race," said head coach Sara Nevin, "they didn't waste their opportunity."
Sophomore Liv Coletta commented, "It was probably most exciting when we realized we were ahead of everyone. Seeing the other boats behind us and Gray's (coxswain) voice getting louder." She added that by the end they couldn't understand their coaxswain from excitement, but knew by the tone of their voice to keep pushing.
The JV8 went out and experienced the high level racing atmosphere. Getting to experience racing with buoy lines and competing against other DIII was a great learning experience for them, explained Nevin. Adding, "I am really proud to be one of the three schools (out of five) that can field two 8 boats."
The Cyclones enjoyed the atmosphere of being amongst other schools that have similar academic and social values as them. The team was also joined by a large fan section that showed up to cheer on the three different boats. Leading the group was President Beth Hillman and their spouse Trish (avid rowing team supporter). 15 alum and their spouses joined them, along with about 25 family members of the team to cheer the Cyclones on! They were able to enjoy a mini reunion with a picnic after the races ended.
The team placed 4th overall with senior Kayd Miller being named to the All-Conference team, the Cyclones are looking forward to competing in WIRAs in Sacramento this weekend.